Colin Burns is a Funding Advisor at Bristol-based Shaw & Co. He is part of one of the largest corporate finance advisory teams in the South West. Below he provides a summary of his career, his current role and what he does in his spare time.

I joined Shaw & Co in 2018 having built my corporate finance career over 30 years in companies including Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group and Handelsbanken. I am an entrepreneurially focused corporate finance expert advising companies on finding the best solutions to meet their immediate and longer-term goals.

I am a fully qualified Chartered Banker and Green Finance Certificate holder. Over the last 15 years I have arranged facilities in excess of £250m in over 20 MBO transactions including small owner managed businesses and listed corporates.

At Shaw & Co, I assess the needs and provide funding advice to corporate and private SME clients in a range of sectors across the UK including Energy & Renewables, Healthcare and Human Capital.

I prepare fully considered financing proposals for presentation to banks and alternative lenders, utilising my prior expertise both in an underwriting capacity and also as a Relationship Director managing portfolios and transacting new and renewal business. Having been there myself, I also recognise the challenges many relationship managers encounter in their daily roles and the difficulties faced when internal credit appetite does not align with client expectations.

The debt funding I help to secure is typically used for corporate transactions (which includes MBO’s, MBI’s and acquisitions), growth funding, working capital or refinancing of existing facilities. This also extends to real estate transactions, both development and investment.

I also assist top tier banks in providing gap capital for their clients when their own credit appetite is restricted. During my time at Shaw & Co I have helped some great clients including Spinnaker International, CareVisions, EnSilica, Dunton Environmental and Amber Energy.

When I’m not at Shaw & Co, entertaining my two grown children fills my time. I relax by enjoying a round of golf or watching the football or rugby – although these days I’m not all that keen to pull on the boots myself!

I like to travel, see new places and experience different cultures.  Bangladesh and Thailand were probably two of the more interesting destinations recently and I’m already planning my next trip.

Quotes in the Press

Business Leader Furlough Scheme Extension 6 November 2020

Deals I have worked on

Baltimore Consulting –   Debt backed management buyout

Dunton Environmental – £1.7m business loan

Ensilica UK – £3.7m long-term business loan

JP Concrete – £600k growth loan

Paxport Group UK – CBILS funding

Spinnaker International – £3m business loan